Punjab: Stubble burning down by 40%, however coming weeks to be a problem for air pollution board

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Final 12 months, the utmost instances of stubble burning recorded in a single day was 1,500 on Could 9, 2018, throughout the state. This 12 months, the utmost variety of instances have been recorded on Could 12 at 1,291.

WHILE WHEAT stubble burning has gone down by 40 per cent since final 12 months within the state, which additionally recorded a passable to average Air High quality Index (AQI) on Monday, the approaching few weeks will probably be a significant problem for the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) as wheat harvesting season is nearly full and paddy sowing dates are drawing close to.

Knowledge sourced from the PPCB reveals that until Could 16, a complete of 5,981 wheat stubble fireplace incidents have been recorded in Punjab in opposition to the 9,900 situations recorded on the identical date final 12 months. Punjab grows wheat on 35 lakh hectares, which produced over 200 lakh tonnes of wheat straw yearly. The Doaba area — which has Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawan Shahr and Kapurthala districts — has recorded the bottom variety of stubble burning incidents at 632 whereas the Majha area — which contains Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts — has recorded 1,613 incidents. The Malwa area has recorded 3,736 instances with Sangrur and Bathinda districts on the high with 553 and 548 instances respectively.

“With paddy sowing about to begin from June 13, Punjab’s farmers may set more and more fields on fire to clear the leftover wheat stubble after making fodder,” stated a senior PCCB officer, including that until date, it’s underneath management as in comparison with final season.

“In Punjab, around 90% of the wheat stubble is used to make dry fodder for cattle and only a small percentage of farmers are setting fields on fire. They are being educated by the department regularly about the bad effects of burning fields which kills several crop-friendly insects and causes pollution,” stated director of the state agriculture division Dr Sutantra Kumar Ethereal, including that after making fodder, solely a little bit stubble, primarily roots, is left and this may be ploughed into the fields and it might get blended with the soil by the point paddy sowing begins.

Dr Ethereal additional stated that hundreds of farmers have been ploughing wheat stubble within the soil following a number of camps put up by the division to teach them. Engineer and PPCB Member Secretary Krunesh Garg, stated that regardless of majority subject workers being on ballot responsibility they’d been in a position maintain stubble burning underneath management thus far. Until April 25, there have been no such instances in Punjab, whereas final 12 months there have been 72 on the identical date.

Amritsar and Tarn Taran have recorded 536 and 518 stubble burning fireplace incidents respectively. Other than Gurdaspur, Firozpur, Moga and Mansa have recorded 491, 363, 332 and 304 incidents respectively. 5 districts have recorded lower than 100 stubble burning incidents every which embody 31, which is the bottom in state, in Rupnagar, 63 in SBS Nagar, 68 at Pathankot, 71 in SAS Nagar and 98 at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Final 12 months, the utmost instances of stubble burning recorded in a single day was 1,500 on Could 9, 2018, throughout the state. This 12 months, the utmost variety of instances have been recorded on Could 12 at 1,291. Final 12 months, there have been a minimum of 4 days when over 1,000 to 1,500 fires have been recorded on any single day. This 12 months, there’s solely in the future until date when over 1,000 fires have been recorded. From Could 12, the figures present a decline in stubble burning incidents with 400 incidents recorded on Could 16.

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